Nazula was Kiburi's father and revered throughout Africa as a great Maono (someone who sees visions of those in need). Just before Kiburi was born, Nazula left on a journey and was never seen again. Kiburi is visited by a Grand Maono who instructs him to seek the truth about his father. His journey leads him deep into the heart of the Congo Rainforest. There, he learns about Nauzla's battle with the Congo Witch, who once controlled the black diamond mines in the rainforest. After Kiburi returns from the Congo, he is visited by a second Grand Maono who sends him on a journey to a secluded temple at the top of the world. Once he arrives, he learns more about Nazula and undergoes his own grand transformation.While Kiburi seeks the truth about Nazula, two injured lions are brought to the Uzuri Preserve for treatment after being injured in a traveling animal show. Jasara visits the show to discover that conditions are unsafe for all of the animals. While Jasara attempts to rescue the animals, she befriends a lonely elephant that is misunderstood by the other show animals. A simple act of kindness by one of the other animals sets off an amazing chain of events.